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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.22 (search)
the picture at all. General Hampton, in his account, says: On the morning of the 14th I moved with the division of Major-General W. H. F. Lee, the brigades of Rosser and Dearing, and a detachment of 100 men from Young's and Dunnovant's Brigades under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Miller, Sixth South Carolina Cavalry, and moved down the Rowanty creek to Wilkinson's bridge, on that stream, where the command bivouacked that night. The command left Wilkinson's bridge at an early hour on the 15th, and struck out on a trail for Sycamore Church, in Prince George county, a point most central and nearest to the cattle, and the place where the largest force of the enemy was camped. General Hampton's idea was that by disposing them here it made it impossible for them to concentrate any force in time to interfere with the main object of the expedition. By a rapid march the command reached the Blackwater at Cook's bridge, which had been destroyed. General Hampton knew that the bridge had
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.26 (search)
lley again and meditates attacking the enemy at Harrisonburg on the 6th, but he in turn retires. By the 13th he is again at Fisher's Hill and Hupp's Hill, and finds Sheridan posted on the north bank of Cedar creek, and there boldly defies him on the field of his late reverses. The enemy, sending a division across the creek, is met by Conner's Brigade and repulsed, losing their division commander, Colonel Wells, and the gallant and accomplished General Conner on our side losing a leg. On the 15th General Early remains at Fisher's Hill and sends Rosser on a cavalry reconnoissance. On the 17th he displays his full force in front of the enemy's lines to cover Rosser's return, but he is without provisions, and he must either retreat or fight. Well did he appreciate the inspiration of being the assailant, and he determined to assail. Zzzbattle of Cedar Creek. As the sequel shows, Sheridan had concluded that Early was pretty well used up, and had gone to Washington. General H. G. W